The Florida Gators need for playmakers on offense cannot be understated. Luckily for Jim McElwain his backyard is chock-full of talented receivers and Binjimen Victor (6-4, 173, Coconut Creek, Florida, Coconut Creek High) was on campus Friday to take in the sights and sounds of Friday Night Lights.
McElwain and the Gators have been after Victor for months and the Florida Gators head coach got a little help in recruiting Victor on Friday when 2017 Florida Gators quarterback commit Jake Allen made the almost five hour drive with Victor to Gainesville.
“Basically just to come be a Gator,” Victor said of Allen’s message to him on their road trip. “He said he wants me to be a receiver when he comes up.”
Victor is a year older and attends a different school than Allen but the two try to remain in contact throughout the year.
“I communicate with him a lot but we go to different schools so it’s on and off,” Victor said. “He’s a great recruiter, he’s trying to get me to go to the same school he’s going to.”
Once Allen and Victor arrived it was McElwain’s turn to recruit. McElwain and his staff have done a good job of mixing up their recruiting pitches to prospects. It’s not all football when players and coaches meet and that is something Victor appreciates.
“A little bit of everything,” Victor said of McElwain’s message to him. “A little bit of life and just about becoming a Gator and playing at home as a true freshman. He talked to me, you know, after football is over with, you can come back and do anything you want.”
Victor had a decision date for the summer — when many expected him to pick Florida — but he held off on that decision and is now targeting the Army All-American game as the date he will officially announce what school he will attend.
“I just felt like I was rushing everything,” he said. “Florida is still high up top for me, I just feel like waiting and seeing how everything plays out. I’ll be making a decision later on.”
Florida is in good standing with Victor as he starts to plan out the five official visits he will take this fall. Nothing is set in stone but the talented receiver has an idea of what campuses he wants to visit.
“Right now I think I want to take an official Florida, Ohio State, Tennessee and Georgia,” he said. “I need one more though. “